WELLINGTON:- Up to eight people are feared dead after a chartered fishing boat sank in New Zealand on Saturday, police said. Five bodies have been recovered and three people remain missing seven hours after the vessel overturned near Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland. The police initially said six people had been pulled from the water but later confirmed only three survivors had been found. “The bodies of five people have been recovered from Kaipara Harbour,” the police said in a statement. “Three other people have been rescued and are in hospital. A search for a further three people will continue.” –AFP

Police have been told that 11 people were on the boat, known as The Francie, which went down when returning to the harbour in the afternoon.